In celebration of being back in California, today I will be writing about Julian, California. Julian is a cozy little town located about an hour and fifteen minutes from San Diego. Julian started as a mining town after gold was first discovered in 1869. Today the town is famous for its pies…and they are amazing! So, in honor of the upcoming fall season a trip to Julian to get some pies seemed like the perfect thing to do.
Depending on which direction you are coming from, Mom’s Pies is located before/after the main historic district of Julian. If you are coming from San Diego, Mom’s Pies is located after the historic district. If you are coming from Temecula, Murrieta, or Los Angeles it is located before the historic district area. This cute little bakery in my opinion is the best place to get pie! You can buy a whole pie or by the slice. If you buy a single slice of pie you can add a scoop of ice cream to go with it. And my favorite part… they have cinnamon ice cream! It is delicious, creamy and a perfect match for the variety of apple pies available at MOMs.
Historic District of Julian
This cute little one street strip hosts a diner, several pie shops and bakeries, a book store, and a variety of shops. The diner is cute and has a toy train that runs around a track that covers the ceiling of the restaurant. There are several historic buildings in the area and many of the shops have a guide to Julian pamphlet that has in it a free self walking tour guide.
The Julian Bookhouse was one of my favorite buildings mostly because I love reading. The bookhouse is a bookstore that was created inside one of the historic houses located on the main street. Each room is labeled by topic. Hardcover verse paperbacks are also separated into different rooms. If you are a book enthusiast I recommend taking some time to explore this cute store.
Julian Pie Company
The Julian Pie company is famous for their excellent pies. Unfortunately, we did not get to go to the store in the historic district due to construction. There is however a larger Julian Pie Company store located down the mountain. If you are coming from Los Angeles area this is the first pie shop you see and is located roughly 7 miles from Julian historic district.
There are many more shops to see and if you are interested in visiting Julian, please visit: https://visitjulian.com/. Additional activities available in Julian include gold panning, antique shopping, and historical walking tours. Outside of Julian there is also the CA Wolf Center, and Lake Cuyamaca. Overall Julian is a fun place to go to for an afternoon of fun. The small town atmosphere is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of major tourist cities such as San Diego and Los Angles.
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